VIRB cameras, the Garmin ‘ecosystem’ expands

Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

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  1. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Incidentally, we shouldn’t presume that the Garmin ecosystem is entirely closed. That’s one of the subtleties of the concept that the giant tech companies struggle with (as is iPhone loses Google Maps, then gets Google Maps app).
    At any rate, when GPStracklog revealed bits about the VIRB last April — — they also uncovered evidence of a high end handheld GPS/camera/etc called the Monterra which is not yet a real Garmin product but does have an Amazon page:
    The Monterra, if it ever materializes, will run Android and Google Play apps!

  2. jesse says:

    Hi Ben,
    I am confused… where is the camera? What are its specs? Is it the last image? and what is the thing you are holding in your hand next to the watch on your wrist? How does that play into things? or is that the camera from another angle?
    Or am I just confused?

  3. jesse says:

    ahhh sorry… clicked on and through many of the embedded links and so am looking at specs etc… one thing that is neat is usb to external mic adapter…
    and to control from iphone…

  4. Collin says:

    Speaking of evolving ecosystems, here’s a company that is working to marry FLIRs to your smartphone:

  5. madscientist says:

    I really wish Garmin would just flesh out the main Nav product line before launching Gizmos. We need the instrument line, more autopilot variants, heading sensors, How about a Garmin satellite compass ( now theres a thought)

  6. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    Android and Apple apps to run the the VIRB Elite camera came out today and both seem to work well. I just got an Elite to test a few days ago but have had the regular model for months. Garmin hit a home run here and I will be writing about it soon.

  7. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I feel bad that I haven’t yet written about the VIRB cameras I’ve been testing. Both models are great. The apps that can stream and control the Elite model are already out and check out how Garmin has also integrated that Camera into their (aircraft) Pilot app:
    I don’t know if they’ll do the same with BlueChart Mobile but it certainly seems possible.

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